MILE 3: GUATEMALA
In San Marcos La Laguna, I met an incredible young woman named Laura. Laura helps run a female-driven social enterprise called "Konojel" which aims to fight malnutrition in her community. Konojel is a for-profit restaurant and nonprofit community center. The name translates to "All Together" in English.
MILE 3 QUICK FACTS:
1. More than 60% of indigenous families in and around Laura's village live on less than $2 per day (the measure of extreme poverty).
2. The Konojel restaurant employs local women, providing them a salary and teaches them marketable skills: cooking, serving customers, and managing finances.
3. The Konojel community center provides nutritious meals, educational enrichment, computer access and training to vulnerable families in the community.
4. Women are encouraged to start microbusinesses, selling homemade goods and crafts, to increase their income.
5. $52 provides a month of nutritious meals, educational support, and job training for one person at Konojel.
All donations directly benefit All Together Foundation, a US registered nonprofit that specifically supports the Konojel enterprises in Guatemala.